In an email to fans Tuesday night, Louis C.K. said he is “producing and directing the special” on Crimmins’ standup set in Lawrence and will sell it on his website.
“This is not a thing I usually do, but Barry is one of my favorite comedians of all time,” he explained in the email. “He is a rarely intelligent and hilarious political satirist and obviously this being an election year it’s a particularly good time to hear what he has to say.”
The actor/comedian took the opportunity of mentioning Kansas to further explain his professed hatred for Kansas City. In 2011, he laid it out for Jay Leno on “The Tonight Show,” saying KC is a “terrible place.”
His character alter ego in “Louie” is not a fan either, saying in an episode, “Kansas City is the worst town I’ve ever been in…What a dump! It’s the worst city in North America, and that includes Canada and Mexico.”
In the same email, Louis C.K. wrote that he actually doesn’t despise the city as much as he jokes. In fact, he used to perform at Stanford and Sons, which he called “great shows.”
“The reason I enjoy saying that I hate Kansas City is because I don’t hate it,” he wrote. “I mean. I don’t LOVE it. It’s a nice place. It’s fine. Which is why it cracks me up to say that I hate it. I think it’s only fair that I get to laugh sometimes too.”
Of course, he used the reference to plug his upcoming stop at the Sprint Center on July 7. He also voices Max in “The Secret Life of Pets,” which includes KCK’s Eric Stonestreet voicing Duke, opening July 8.
“Pretending to hate Kansas City when I don’t has been my own private little chuckle,” Louis C.K.’s email continued. “If I had to hurt the feelings of millions of people to get that chuckle, well I guess that makes me some kind of sociopath. But I have to believe that Kansas City has well survived my arbitrary insults.”
So take note, Wisconsin. Here’s how he ended his email:
“Appleton Wisconsin, however, is seriously just a f---ing s---hole.”
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